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Carbine Rifles

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 3/26/2014

The carbine was born from the full-length service rifle, shortened for a more compact approach without loss of firepower.

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There are a total of 90 Carbine Rifle Weapons in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




2012
Ares Defense Ares-16 Small Arms Family
The automatic rifle has evolved considerably from its rather single-minded battlefield role to become a modular infantry-leve...
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1905
Arisaka Type 38
The Arisaka Type 38 (Rifle, Meiji 38th Year) was the standard rifle issued to the Imperial Japanese infantry. The weapon had...
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1912
Arisaka Type 44 Cavalry Rifle
The Type 44 Carbine (also known as the Type 44 "Cavalry Rifle") was a standardized Japanese Army bolt-action carbine weapon d...
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2007
Barrett REC7 (Reliablity-Enhanced Carbine 2007)
Barrett Firearms Manufacturing is largely recognized for their massive, 0.50 caliber semi-automatic M82 anti-material rifle s...
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1985
Beretta AR70
The Beretta AR70 series serves as the standard-issue service rifle of the modern Italian Army. Design work on a new, NATO-com...
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2008
Beretta ARX-160
The Beretta ARX-160 is a new entry into the modular automatic weapons field intended for military and security/law enforcemen...
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1722
British Land Pattern Musket (Brown Bess)
The Brown Bess was the standard musket of the British military during the height of its empirical reach. It went on to be use...
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1856
Burnside Carbine
The Burnside Carbine was a popular carbine rifle fielded across all of the major battlefronts of the American Civil War. The ...
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1992
Bushmaster M17S
The M17S was a commercial "bull-pup" rifle system sold by the Bushmaster Firearms company of Windham, Maine, in the early-to-...
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1892
Carcano Modello 1891 (M91)
The Carcano Modello 1891 (Model 1891) was the standard Italian Army service rifle of both World Wars. The design emerged from...
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2009
Ceska Zbrojovka CZ805 BREN
Since 1959, the Czech Army relied on their venerable vz. 58 assault rifles, these weapons externally resembling the famous So...
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1961
Ceska Zbrojovka vz. 61 (Skorpion)
The Skorpion submachine gun is originally of Czechoslovakian origin and was designed in the late 1950s and formally introduce...
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1988
CIS / ST Kinetics SR-88
Chartered Industries of Singapore (CIS - now known as ST Kinetics) developed the SAR-80 Assault Rifle based on experience in ...
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1984
Colt Canada / Diemaco C7
The C7 assault rifle stemmed from the Canadian decision to go with the NATO 5.56mm cartridge as the standard ammunition of th...
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1988
Colt Canada / Diemaco C8
The Diemaco (now Colt Canada) C8 is the "assault carbine" form of the C7 - the C7 being the standard-issue assault rifle of t...
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1966
Colt CAR-15 Commando (XM177)
The Colt CAR-15 Commando (XM177) was an assault carbine developed during the United States military involvement in the Vietna...
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2013
Colt LE901
The Colt LE901 line is geared towards the medium/large game enthusiast and features a semi-automatic action chambered for the...
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1994
Colt M4 Carbine
The M4/M4A Carbine is a 5.56mm compact, lightweight, gas-operated, air-cooled, magazine-fed weapon system with selective fire...
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1855
Colt Model 1855 Revolving Carbine
The Colt Revolving Rifle of 1855 - aptly named the "Model 1855" - was an attempt to provide the repeating action of a revolvi...
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1860
Cook & Brother Carbine
The Cook & Brother Carbine was another in the long line of muzzle-loading muskets utilized in the great American Civil War. A...
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1862
Cosmopolitan Carbine
The Cosmopolitan Carbine was a percussion-based carbine firearm produced out of the Cosmopolitan Arms Company facility for th...
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1943
De Lisle Carbine
The De Lisle silenced carbine was developed during 1942 as a time when the outcome of World War 2 was still very much in doub...
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1985
Enfield L85 IW (Individual Weapon) (SA80)
After British participation in World War 2 (1939-1945) had ended, thought was given to modernizing Army infantry with a new s...
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1966
Fabrique Nationale FN CAL
In 1962, the United States adopted the famous M16 assault rifle and, along with its selection, came widespread use of the acc...
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1953
Fabrique Nationale FN FAL
Origins of the famous FAL lay in Fabrique Nationale's previous design, the SAFN/Modele 49, a self-loading, semi-automatic rif...
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1978
Fabrique Nationale FN FNC
The Fabrique Nationale FNC ("Fusil Nouveau Type Carabine") emerged from the commercial failure that was the FN CAL. The FN CA...
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2009
Fabrique Nationale FN SCAR (Mk 16 / Mk 17)
The Fabrique Nationale FN SCAR (Special forces Combat Assault Rifle) will feature prominently in the future of the United Sta...
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1935
FEG 35M (Mannlicher M1935)
Following the end of World War 1, the Austro-Hungarian Empire was no more, giving rise to the "Kingdom of Hungary" in 1920 an...
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2005
Heckler & Koch HK 416
Heckler & Koch unveiled the HK416 automatic rifle family in 2005 as a potential replacement for the M4 family series of carbi...
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2006
Heckler & Koch HK 417
The HK 417 began as a privately-funded company venture intended to supply US special forces with a modular battlefield weapon...
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1959
Heckler & Koch HK G3
At the end of World War 2, German engineers were working on perfecting a new breed of service rifle known as the "assault rif...
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1996
Heckler & Koch HK G36
The Heckler & Koch HK G36 series assault rifle was designed and developed to an exacting German Army requirement of the 1990s...
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1995
Heckler & Koch HK XM29 OICW
In the 1990s, the US Army undertook formal evaluations of several competing automatic rifles to replace the long-running M16 ...
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2003
Heckler & Koch HK XM8
The Heckler & Koch HK XM8 was an experimental modular assault rifle system that underwent trials with the US Army in an effor...
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1999
Heckler & Koch UMP
The UMP family ("Universale Maschinenpistole" or "Universal Machine Pistol") is a series of submachine guns designed by the G...
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1997
IMBEL MD97
The IMBEL MD97 is a Brazilian made automatic assault rifle developed for both military and security use and has its indirect ...
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1973
IMI Galil ARM / SAR
In the post-World War 2 world, the United Nations partitioned Palestine in 1947. In 1948, the nation of Israel was declared a...
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1995
IMI Galil MAR (Micro Assault Rifle / Micro-Galil)
The Galil MAR (Micro-Assault Rifle) is nothing more than a highly compact form of the excellent Galil automatic rifle system....
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2006
IMI TAR-21 (Tavor)
For decades the Israeli Army relied upon its trusted and true line of Galil and M16 automatic weapons in its various battlefi...
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1998
INSAS (Indian Small Arms System)
The INSAS family was inducted into service with the Indian Army in 1998 and has already seen extensive combat service, partic...
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2014
Kalashnikov AK-12 (AK-200)
The AK-47 altered the world military stage by becoming a ubiquitous combat system available to the general masses. The weapon...
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1983
Kalashnikov AKSU-74 (AKS-74U)
The AKSU-74 represents a submachine gun derivative of the AKS assault rifle, both operating with the 5.45mm Soviet cartridge....
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1991
Kbk wz/89 (wz. 1989) (Onyks / Onyx)
Like the wz/88 "Tantal, a locally-produced Polish copy of the Russian AK-74S assault rifle, the wz/89 "Onyks" (or "Onyx") is ...
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1991
KBP 9A-91
The KBP 9A-91 was introduced after 1993 and is essentially an assault rifle in a carbine form making for a compact assault we...
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1985
KS-23
While displaying an appearance more akin to a shotgun, the Russians designate their KS-23 as a "Special Carbine" (KS = "Karab...
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1888
Lee Metford (Magazine Lee Metford / MLM)
After nearly a decade of development and trials, the British Army adopted the Lee-Metford (or "MLM" for "Magazine Lee-Metford...
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1895
Lee-Enfield (Series)
The Lee-Enfield series of rifles is one of the most successful bolt-action rifles of all time. First debuted in November 1895...
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1942
M1 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M1)
The American arms industry reached all new heights with its commitment in World War 2. Much of the existing stock of guns wer...
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1936
MAS 36 (modele 36 / mle 36)
The MAS 36 was a solid, if unspectacular, French Army service rifle appearing in small quantities before the start of World W...
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1888
Mauser Gewehr 88 (Gew 88 / Model 1888 Reichsgewehr)
To remedy their defeat at the hands of the German Empire and North German Confederation in the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871...
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1898
Mauser Gewehr 98 (Gew 98)
The Mauser Gewehr 98 (formally as the "Infantry Rifle Model 1898") was a manually operated, magazine fed, bolt-action rifle a...
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1935
Mauser Karabiner Kar 98k
With origins dating as far back as World War 1, the famous German Army Kar 98k ("Kar" the abbreviation of "karabiner" transla...
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1860
Maynard Carbine
New Jersey dentist Dr. Edward Maynard (1813-1891) lent his talents to developing a new primer system for guns which allowed f...
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1863
Merrill Model 1863 (Merrill Carbine)
Beyond the notable pistols and long guns featured in the American Civil War (1861-1865), the carbine grew in considerable use...
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1819
Model 1819 Hall Rifle
John Harris Hall (1781-1841) proved a potent inventor and forward-thinking gunsmith during his time. Aside from his contribut...
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1866
Model 1866 Peabody Carbine
Henry O. Peabody of Boston, Massachusetts patented a new breech-loading, downward- tilting, lever-operated action for a long ...
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1900
Mondragon Rifle (Fusil Mondragon)
The Mondragon Rifle is noted as becoming one of the first semi-automatic/full-automatic service rifle to be adopted in quanti...
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1891
Mosin-Nagant Model 1891
Like all other world powers of the late-1800s, the Russian Empire sought modernization in its military inventory. This proved...
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1997
NORINCO QBZ-95 (Series)
The QBZ-95 is a family line of assault weapons contoured to operator needs and has been developed (as an economical measure) ...
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1993
OTs-12 (Tiss)
The OTs-12 "Tiss" (also known as the "OC-12") was an experimental Soviet/Russian assault carbine born from the classic profil...
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1994
OTs-14 (Groza)
While several world powers have embraced the "bullpup" configured assault weapon, it is mainly the United States and Russia w...
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1941
Owen SMG (Owen Machine Carbine)
Despite its obvious battlefield value today, world militaries took some time to warm up to the idea of procuring and fielding...
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1974
PA3(DM) / FMK-3 Mod 2
The PA3(DM) / FMK-3 submachine gun series was of indigenous Argentine design and chambered for the universally accepted 9x19 ...
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1865
Palmer Model 1865
The Palmer Model 1865 Carbine was manufactured under the E.G. Lamson & Company brand label to a W. Palmer patent secured on D...
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1960
Rasheed Carbine
The Egyptian Rasheed Carbine (also "Rashid") was born from the Hakim Rifle which, in turn, was born from the Swedish Ljungman...
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1941
Reising Model 50 (M50/M55)
Before the arrival of the various storied American firearms of World War 2 such as the M1 Thompson, M1 Garand and M1 Carbine,...
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1960
Rifle R1
In need of a modern automatic service rifle, the South African government trialed the American AR-10 rifle, the West German G...
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1982
Rifle R4
Long relying on foreign arms to stock its military inventory, the South African national army faced a dilemma of sorts when a...
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1980
Rock Island Arsenal M231 FPW (Firing Port Weapon)
The M231 FPW ("Firing Port Weapon") was a highly-modified, specialized variant of the Colt M16A1 assault rifle series. Also c...
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1973
Ruger Mini-14
The Ruger Mini-14 is based on the successful World War Two M1 Garand infantry rifle. In fact, most of the inner workings of t...
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2009
Ruger SR-556
The Ruger SR-556 is a relatively new commercial market addition to the Armalite AR-15 family of automatic, self-loading rifle...
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1867
Sharps Model 1867 (Carbine)
Christian Sharps initially spent time under the employ of other firearms manufacturers that included John Hall at the fabled ...
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2010
SIG SG 516
The SIG516 continues the well-established tradition of operational reliability and ease of use concerning the AR-15 family of...
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1990
SIG SG 550 (Sturmgewehr Model 550) / Stgw 90
The SIG SG 550 (Sturmgewehr Model 550) series was born in a Swiss Army initiative requiring an automatic weapon chambered for...
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1945
Simonov SKS (Samozaryadniy Karabin sistemi Simonova)
The Soviet-produced SKS, or the Samozaryadniy Karabin sistemi Simonova, was the design of Sergei Gavrilovish Simonov and is s...
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1860
Spencer Rifle / Carbine
Christopher Spencer (1833-1922) proved an inventor at heart and one of his most storied creations became the repeat-fire, lev...
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1941
STEN SMG
The British STEN submachine gun is one of those rare firearms in history that was born of desperation and turned into a war-w...
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1978
Steyr AUG
Like other European nations during the Cold War, the Austrian Army made use of the excellent Belgian FN FAL Battle Rifle firi...
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1963
Stoner M63
The M63A1 Stoner machine gun was the last production small arms Stoner weapon made. The system was designed as a light machin...
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1976
T65 (Type 65)
In an attempt to stock its national armory with an indigenous design, Taiwanese engineers developed the T65 (Type 65), an aut...
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2000
T86 (Type 86)
For decades, Taiwanese Army and Marine forces relied on their Armalite-inspired T65 assault rifles. The T65 debuted in 1976 a...
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2003
T91 (Type 91)
The evolution of the standard-issue Taiwanese Army service rifle that began with the T65 of 1976 and evolved into the T86 of ...
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1963
Tarpley Carbine
Southerner Jere H. Tarpley of Greensboro, North Carolina developed his aptly-named, breech-loading "Tarpley Carbine" of .52 ...
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1940
Tokarev SVT-40
Small arms ingenuity was an area that the Soviets held something of an advantage in over their German counterpart in the deca...
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1935
Type 24 (Chiang Kai-Shek Rifle)
Having purchased stocks of the bolt-action German Mauser Kar 98 rifle, itself a shortened form of the full-length Gewehr 98 b...
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1956
Type 56 AR (AK47)
To make the Soviet AK-47 readily available and at a lower procurement cost, the Chinese took to locally manufacturing the ass...
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1956
Type 56 Carbine (SKS)
The Type 56 Carbine (not to be confused with the Type 56 Assault Rifle) was nothing more than a local Chinese copy of the Sov...
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1866
Winchester Model 1866
While the lever-action repeating Henry Rifle of 1860 proved revolutionary in its own right, it still held some limitations wi...
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1873
Winchester Model 1873
The Model 1873 was one of the early legends of the burgeoning American firearms industry and a model product by the Wincheste...
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1915
Winchester Model 1915
When the Russian Empire mobilized for World War in 1914, it lacked the stocks of service rifles for the millions of men being...
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